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"American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum"
2000-08-20 until 2000-10-29
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This exhibition presents the best works by artists
influenced by the light and color of European
Impressionism. Following the example of James
McNeill Whistler, a generation of Americans studied
abroad to absorb the new palette and compositions that were modernizing painting.
Landscapes, figure and still life paintings by Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Thomas
Dewing, Maria Oakey Dewing, William Merrit Chase, Mary Cassatt and Theodore
Robinson marked a distinct departure from academic styles.
In Boston, Edmund Tarbell,
Frank Benson, Robert Reid and Frederick Carl Frieseke developed a genteel version of
Impressionism related to the culture of that city. Artists such as Daniel Garber and
Maurice Prendergast carried Impressionism further toward Modernism by creating a
new tapestry-like effect in their landscapes and cityscapes. Taken together, these
Impressionists foretold a new internationalism and modern view of life as America
approached the twentieth century.
American Impressionism is one of eight exhibitions in Treasures to Go, from the
Smithsonian American Art Museum, touring the nation through 2002.
The South Ledges, Appledore (detail), 1913